Rebecca Willén

Rebecca Willén

Senior lecturer
Department of Criminology and Police Work Faculty of Social Sciences
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I'm a researcher in forensic (investigative) psychology and meta-science and in strong support of open and replicable science. I'm a member of the Swedish Reproducibility Network (SweRN) and am happy to answer all kinds of questions - as far as I can - about open science and the adoption of reproducible research practices. On my website you'll find some of my lecture materials, usually under free licenses (i. e., everything can be reused and modified as long as you refer to the source).

I took my PhD in 2016 at the University of Gothenburg.

I'm reluctantly on Twitter (@rmwillen).


As of the autumn term 2022, I teach in psychology at the Police Education and am also involved in seminars and supervising at courses in criminology.

I happily supervise essays related to forensic psychology and / or meta-science.


My current research is mainly on meta-scientific perspectives on investigative psychology: Of what quality is research on forensic psychology? Can we trust the research that has been done?

I also work in a meta-scientific project where we investigate the quality of ethical applications for research on human subjects in Sweden.

My forensic psychological research has otherwise mainly been on methods for investigative interviews as well as methods for reliability assessments in criminal investigations and asylum cases. Since recently I'm also studying the quality of social service investigations (including assessments of foster carers) from an investigative psychological perspective.


I have been tasked with reviewing the (forensic) psychology content of the Police Education in Växjö. The purpose is to ensure that the educational content is well updated and in accordance with the current state of knowledge.


Selected publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)

Chapter in book (Other academic)

Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)